During the conversion process, the Convert Virtual Machine Wizard converts the .vmdk files to .vhd files and makes the operating system on the virtual machine compatible with Microsoft virtualization technologies. The virtual machine created by the wizard matches VMware virtual machine properties, including name, description, memory, disk-to-bus assignment, CD and DVD settings, network adapter settings, and parameters. In addition to the V2V procedure below, you can drag a virtual machine from a VMware ESX host to a Hyper-V or Virtual Server host, or you can select the Migrate task. Either action will open the Migration Wizard.

To convert a virtual machine to a VMM virtual machine
  1. In the Actions pane, click Convert Virtual Machine.

  2. On the Select Source page, click Browse, and then, in the Select Library Resource dialog box, do the following:

    1. In the Library group list, select the library group where the files are stored.

    2. To search for a file, in the Look for box, type the first few letters of the file name or the complete file name.

    3. To group the files, in the Group by list, click a group type.

    4. Click the virtual machine name that you want to convert, click OK, and then click Next.

  3. On the Virtual Machine Identity page, do the following:

    1. To change the virtual machine name, in the Virtual machine name box, type the name. The virtual machine will have the same computer name as the source file. You can use this name for the virtual machine name or specify a different name.

    2. To change the owner of the virtual machine, in the Owner box, type the owner’s name (domain\user name), or click Select to select a user from the list. The owner must have a domain account in Active Directory.

    3. In the Description box, type a description.

  4. On the Virtual Machine Configuration page, select the number of processors and the amount of memory for the virtual machine.

  5. On the Select Host page, select a host to deploy the virtual machine on.

    In the list of hosts, all available hosts are given a rating of zero through 5 stars based on their suitability to host the virtual machine. The ratings are recommendations. You can select any host that has the required disk space. For more information, see About Virtual Machine Placement.

    If a host has network optimization enabled, a green arrow appears in the Network Optimization column. VMM 2008 R2 allows you to take advantage of network optimization capabilities that are available on Hyper-V hosts that are running Windows Server 2008 R2. For information about network optimization and the hardware that supports it, see the Windows Server 2008 R2 documentation. After a virtual machine is deployed, this feature is displayed only for virtual machines that are deployed on a host that is running Windows Server 2008 R2.

  6. On the Select Path page, type the full path to the folder where the configuration files for the virtual machine will be stored, or click Browse to select a folder.

  7. On the Select Networks page, modify the networks and attach them to None or to any of the virtual networks that are found on the selected host.

    Networks area will list each of the virtual network adapters that are currently attached to the virtual machine. Network adapters will default to None if you selected None in the hardware configuration, or to the best matching virtual network according to the network matching rules.
  8. On the Additional Properties page, accept the default settings or modify these settings as described in How to Configure Automatic Start and Stop Actions for a Virtual Machine.

  9. On the Summary page, review the configuration settings. To change settings, click Previous.

    Use the View Script button to display the Windows PowerShell - Virtual Machine Manager cmdlets that will perform the conversion. All administrative tasks in Virtual Machine Manager can be performed at the command line or scripted. For more information, see Using the Windows PowerShell - VMM Command Shell.
  10. To start the conversion, click Create.

    Depending on the configurations of the source and destination machines, this process may take some time to complete. To review the progress and results of the conversion, open the Jobs window. By default, the Jobs window opens when the wizard closes. To open the Jobs window at any time, click the Jobs button on the toolbar in the VMM Administrator Console.

For the most up-to-date Help information, go to the Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Help Online. To find additional Virtual Machine Manager 2008 documentation, go to the Virtual Machine Manager 2008 TechCenter Library.